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Architexture

Urban Line Shape Form and Texture  aka  ‘Architexture’

Photography has long been my beloved medium for documenting life and capturing the moment. I have from a young age been exposed to the camera and the photographic processes, from helping my dad with equipment, developing negatives in the darkroom to helping him prepare prints for exhibitions and participating in the local fine art photography scene.

Fine art photography is all about the artist and his vision; works of art – the photos themselves – are the end objective. The photographic process however involves much more than just taking a picture with a camera. The final product may vary depending on the artist’s vision and the camera or capture device used. In the case of digital fine art photography it typically involves understanding how the camera works and how to use it to take photographs in line with the artist’s creative vision, editing, printing, framing and exhibiting. This process is highly dependent on the photographer’s budget and target audience as well as the purpose of the artworks. It could involve anything from a lightbox set up, printing on canvas, tea towel or a t-shirt to elaborate matting and framing or just simply pegging the prints on a line.



Inspiration:

I think we often underestimate the qualities of things; we are too busy, we walk with our eyes open but fail to notice the hidden beauty in our natural and manmade environment – we barely notice the whole picture, let alone its smallest components.

As an artist and a photographer I have always looked for inspiration in nature. I am awed by its mystery magic and beauty; its use of colour, line, shape, form and texture is inexhaustible. It could be argued that nature is by far the best and most talented artist of all. 

As a Melbournian who lives in a city that is an epitome and a collage of cultures, styles, architecture and design I wanted to look for beauty in an urban context and explore the elements of design such as line, shape, form and texture (that I would previously search for in nature). From a scientific view, pattern or form is highly mathematical while texture relates to matter or substance (earth, fire, water, metal…etc.), together, they create an interconnected whole.

My vision for this semester’s fine art photography project was to push the boundaries of my comfort zone, this relates to the subject matter as well as the whole photographic process – from start to finish. The final portfolio is a collection of 15 images that attempt to capture the abstraction of visual elements of urban environment, drawing the viewer’s attention to the finer details of architecture, dissecting and highlighting the images with the use of line shape form and texture to reveal its magic mystery and beauty. These images build on my previous photographic knowledge and experience and represent what I have learned over the past eleven weeks through my research into the history of photography and the entire photographic process – this includes editing (learning how to use Photoshop), preparing photos for print and matting my images to produce desired outcomes. I am rather pleased with the final product; seeing the images as the real thing instead of on the computer screen was a moment of great pride and achievement.


Influences:

As I mentioned previously, my inspiration comes from nature. I am also inspired and influenced by the photographs of Ansel Adams as well as more abstract landscape/nature photographers that I discussed on my blog at the beginning of the semester – Freeman Patterson, William Neil and David Ward. Furthermore, I admire the works of contemporary photographers such as Mark Bauschke (particularly his industrial texture images, influence of which is evident in my works) and Christophe Jacrot whose images of urban environments in rain, snow or bad weather have an immense evocative power (my favourites being Rainy Tokyo and Paris in the rain series). 

My formal concerns were supported by my research into the history of photography through which I discovered and was inspired by three great masters of photography – Ray Metzker, Harry Callahan and Aaron Siskind who pushed the medium beyond documentation (I explored documentation in my side project Smokin’ Thierry) and by experimenting with the photographic processes they created highly abstract yet beautiful works of art. They encouraged their students to push the boundaries of what is accepted, to search for the new and see the world fresh and alive.

I believe my final works reflect my influences, demonstrate an insight into the history of photography, exhibit a reasonable knowledge of the entire photographic process as well as articulate my critical individual artistic approach to contemporary fine art photography practice. The final portfolio should be viewed with the following in mind:

From little things, big things grow.

Find below PPT that supports my work and research:

Photography through the lens of Ray K Metzker